God Defines Our Entire Life and Worldview

Our contact with the holy is not merely an encounter with a different diminsion of reality; it is the meeting with Absolute Reality.  Christianity is not about involvement with religious experience as a tangent.  It invovles a meeting with a Holy God, who forms the center, or core, of human existence.  The Christian faith is theocentric.  God is not at the edge of Christians’ lives but at the very center.  God defines our entire life and worldview.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

It Is the Problem of Dishonesty

Again, it is important to note tha Paul does not bring a universal indictment against humanity for the failure to know God.  That is not our problem.  It is not that we fail to know that God is and who God is; it is that we refuse to believe what we know to be true.  Here we face a problem that is not an intellectual problem.  It is a moral problem  It is the problem of dishonesty.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

We Are Left With No Excuse

Paul makes it clear (Romans 1:20) that everybody sees this manifestation of God’s majesty.  This revelation gets through to all people so that all people see it clearly.  The force of Paul’s assertion is that every person who has ever lived knows that there is a God and is aware of His transcendent majesty and holiness.  The medium God has selected to reveal Himself universally is so clear and so potent that it leaves no one with an excuse.  It is a medium far more powerful and effective for its task than a television broadcast.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Like a Basketball off of a Backboard is His Word to Our Hearts

We reveal our natural hostility toward God by the low esteem we have for Him.  We consider Him unworthy of our total devotion.  We take no delight in contemplating Him.  Even for the Christian, worship is often difficult and prayer a burdensome duty.  Our natural tendency is to flee as far as possible from His presence.  His Word rebounds from our minds like a basketball from a backboard.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

If God is to be Believed at All…

The tragedy for us is that in spite of the clear warnings of Scripture and of Jesus’ sober teaching on this subject, we continue to be at ease about the future punishment of the wicked.  If God is to be believed at all, we must face the awful truth that someday His furious wrath will be poured out.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Three Key Points About God’s Wrath We Dare Not Overlook

In the application section of the sermon (“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), [Jonathan] Edwards places great stress on the nature and severity of God’s wrath.  Central to his thinking is the clear notion that a holy God must also be a wrathful God.  He lists several key points about God’s wrath that we dare not overlook.

  1. God’s wrath is divine.  The wrath of which Edwards preached was the wrath of an infinite God.  He contrasts God’s wrath with human anger or the wrath of a king for his subject.  Human wrath terminates.  It has an ending point.  It is limited.  God’s wrath can go on forever.
  2. God’s wrath is fierce.  The Bible repeatedly likens God’s wrath to a winepress of fierceness.  In Hell there is no moderation or mercy given.  God’s anger is not mere announce or a mild displeasure.  It is a consuming rage against the unrepentant.
  3. God’s wrath is everlasting. There is no end to the anger of God directed against those in hell.  If we had any compassion for other people, we should wail at the thought of a single one of them falling into the pit of hell.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition